Worth Watching: Steve Ballmer in the heart of Silicon Valley . . .

Worth Watching: Steve Ballmer in the heart of Silicon Valley . . .

Summary: There was quite a bit of excitement Thursday evening prior to Steve Ballmer's appearance at the Churchill Club Annual Dinner in the heart of Silicon Valley and just a stone's throw from Yahoo! There was who's who crowd gathered at the event.

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There was quite a bit of excitement Thursday evening prior to Steve Ballmer's appearance at the Churchill Club Annual Dinner in the heart of Silicon Valley and just a stone's throw from Yahoo! There was who's who crowd gathered at the event.

There was no dancing on stage but Mr Ballmer delivered an energetic performance with lots of interesting tidbits abut enterprise virtualization, Facebook, search ambitions, and much, much more.

I grabbed a spot on the floor right in front to video this talk, which has only been lightly edited, cutting down some of the long questions. Ann Winblad is the moderator.

http://www.blip.tv/file/1298220

Topics: Storage, CXO, Cloud, Hardware, Microsoft, Virtualization, IT Employment

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  • Nice Video

    Steve Ballmer is doing a great job. It is amazing the amount of challenges he and his team has deflected over the years. Remember how Sun / Java, Linux, and Web 2.0 were supposed to have taken down MS? Yet MS keeps on ticking. I hope MS works on its stock price through permanent, high quality image management, targeted at investors. (MS can do a far better job selling itself to the investor community, and driving its stock price upwards.) I don't like the idea of the company buying back $40B in stocks, which did very little the last time around.

    I do believe the future of Internet applications is the desktop. Because it is on the desktop that you can attain incredible depth and richness of functionality, that would make corresponding browser apps look like toys. I believe virualization of various kinds can be used to give Windows desktop, connected apps, reach, comparable to that of browser based apps.

    Finally I think MS should look at allowing Windows to be ditrubed under several UI shells. Also, I think MS should look at allowing Visual Studio to enable desktop apps to easiy change skins, and maybe default into skins consistent with a currently selected shell. This would e.g. allow users who prefer the Win 2000 UI to select an appropriate shell, and have applications open up by default under skins consistent with that shell design. It would allow users to enjoy far more modern and varied shell designs, and also OEMs to make UI design extensions / modifications (and maybe even brand new shells - though with some caveat that they have to bear extra support costs.) (I know considerable work is being done on this work in Win 7.)
    P. Douglas